The Universal Devastation of the Coronavirus

The World Health Organisation has declared that the Coronavirus is a pandemic with the implications that the world is going to face the horrifying threat of existential devastation.

Singapore seems to be handling the crisis well, a credit to the self-centred PM Lee Hsien Loong and his cohort of mercenary minsters. They are probably trying to justify their obscene salaries drawn from the taxpayers money apart from trying to show that they are altuistic. Other countries like China, where the virus originated, South Korea and Italy are so badly affected that they are at their wits’ end trying to find a solution. china, however, is showing some sign of improving the situation.

Some devout christians may atttribute this crisis, based on the bible, to a pestilence imposed by God as a punishment of the sinners. But Chinese President Xi Jin Ping can hardly be regarded as an unpardonable sinner. There are other similar, if not more, notorious sinners like the US President Donald Trump, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and certain other notorious Middle East butchers. Could they also be the targets of the wrath of God. It may not sound so plausible and scientists are stlll baffled trying to find the origin of this behemoth and may not find the answer.

Meanwhile experts have predicted that the coronavirus will last till the end of the year. This is not sanguine and the world may face the gloomy prospect of facing a prolonged period of existential devastation resulting in the deterioration of the peoples’ livelihood.What will happen if it does not end at the end of the year? Even after the crisis is over it will still take a long time for rehabilitation.

What is it that brings such a gigantic disaster to the world may never be found.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

* Mr Yoong Siew Wah was the director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department from 1971 to 1974. Before that, he was the director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). Mr Yoong is now retired and blogs at Singapore Recalcitrant.

 

 

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22 Responses to “The Universal Devastation of the Coronavirus”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Mr yoong you forgot your Boss now DEAD Lie Con You leh!!! and why do you single out Trump, Bibi and the Christian religion??? are you anti-Christian Semetic & Trump??? or just for mention sake lah!!!

    You are on your way…and can go in a whimper a BANG or in Peace… the choice is YOURS to pick or would you like to follow your Boss now Dead???

    An Atheist then an Agnostic followed up with Anitaba a nominal one to seek Hong Choon’s “Hong Chui” or “Fung Shui”

    Finally at his deathbed when Demons haunts him Nightly for PayBack to their Master Lucifer to whom he sold his Soul…

    he the Coward with a False Bravado Front turns to Jesus out of Fear NOT Remorse…chanting “Maranatha” instead of “Anitaba”

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    Yoong Siew Wah:
    Some devout christians may atttribute this crisis, based on the bible, to a pestilence imposed by God as a punishment of the sinners. But Chinese President Xi Jin Ping can hardly be regarded as an unpardonable sinner. There are other similar, if not more, notorious sinners like the US President Donald Trump, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and certain other notorious Middle East butchers. Could they also be the targets of the wrath of God. It may not sound so plausible and scientists are stlll baffled trying to find the origin of this behemoth and may not find the answer.

    Isn`t there at least one person with minimum credibility amongst Christian fundamentalists who dares to tell the obvious story? That this plague is God`s just punishment for supporting worldly leader?

    In the Exodus story, the question the hapless Egyptians who suffered for Pharaoh’s stubbornness came up. Why were those innocent people punished for the leader’s crimes? It was not the first time the question came up–the problem is this is what has happened throughout history: the decisions our leaders make, regardless of form of government and for better or worse, have fearful implications for the people.

    This column focuses on the hubris of any troubled country’s nominal leader. That is not where our attention should be. Rather, we should turn our attention to those who support such leaders.

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  • PAPmole:

    PAPi had failed to handle it promptly and advocated its citizens not to put on mask leading to what is today for such a dot sized country. Hence what the writer wrote is plain bullshit and without credibility whatsoever as he has avoided to reason his opinion.

    Even President Trump has now declared it as a National Pandemic.

    This should applies to the PAPi;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hks6Nq7g6P4&feature=youtu.be

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  • Great Asia:

    Some devout christians may atttribute this crisis, based on the bible, to a pestilence imposed by God as a punishment of the sinners.

    Hmmm…it was create by God to wipe out Egyptians during it attempt to save the Jews from slavery. So for the bananas, genocide was common in the past, even up till the 2nd WW. In conclusion, God forgot to remove the virus since then.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    Since ancient times, the Chinese have been using Traditional Chinese Medicine to fight the virus. While in the west, using divine power has always been the first priority.

    Singaporeans had not been told how the Chinese used TCM to combat the SARS, and they will not know how the Chinese used TCM on COVID-19 as well.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    What would happen to people who hide US$ across the world when the US decides to change the denomination of the US$? These massive amount of hard currencies, in trillions, are mostly illegal monies that cannot be put back into the global financial system.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Singaporeans, be forewarned.

    COVID-19 may end by year-end but PAPVID-20 will not end until another FIVE more years if PAP were to get another landslide victory in the upcoming election.

    So far in sg nobody has died of COVID-19 yet but many people had died from some of the toxic PAP cruel policies. Of the 2, which is more harmful / deadly? Think about this carefully before you put that important cross (“X”) in the box at the poll.

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  • Hu Chian:

    Reading between the lines,the key message I noticed was, among the leaders,PM Lee Hsien Loong seems to be handling the crisis well, a credit. But Chinese President Xi Jin Ping can hardly be regarded as an unpardonable sinner.

    I found this interesting Opinion article, somehow it strike a chord.
    I reckon that Yoong Siew Wah would have had read it.Here,

    Now, It’s A Problem. « Current Affairs « Opinion « TR EMERITUS
    http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/03/15/now-it%e2%80%99s-a-problem/

    Yoong Siew Wah,I suggest that you read the opinions of people like
    @Sojoürner of Truth, whereas yours’I was non the wiser.

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  • Yes it is:

    Not surprising this pandemic is here to punish those who owed something big to victims whom they had affected or sinned against. End of the day, it is a gargantuan problem which the authorities should seriously consider their options to save the society and not thinking about dollars and cents or economic viability. After all, the Covid 19 is here to punished those who had taken too much from those who always had barely little or nothing to enjoy in their life. God bless us.

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  • Asd:

    Hippocratic globalization nonsense
    now all close door

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  • Papislying:

    Only FOOLS believe none died in spore from covud19.

    Remember the last erection, many died in hospital but kept a secret because pap wants to win an erection.

    Sinkies have short memory…

    Useless sinkies…

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  • TruBlu:

    Karma working its way,who can stop karma even if you are standing on high pedastal.
    Heaven’s ways are not human way$.

    GlobaLIEsation is surely a CONTRIBUTOR to this pandemic.

    Globalisation has been ONE BIG LIE by the RICH BILLIONAIRE$ N THE POWERFUL.

    COVID IS A WARNING SIGN.
    Hopefully,globa-LIE-$ation will be uncovered by and by and REAL GLOBALISATION takes place in genuine way after this devastation.
    Sad to see innocent humans get implicated while even THE RICH N POWERFUL are being puni$hed???

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  • Partial truth?:

    @ ” But Chinese President Xi Jin Ping can hardly be regarded as an unpardonable sinner. There are other similar, if not more, notorious sinners like the US President Donald Trump, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and certain other notorious Middle East butchers. ”

    How u know Xi is not a sinner ?
    Your own relative u wont even know well.

    @ ” Since ancient times, the Chinese have been using Traditional Chinese Medicine to fight the virus. While in the west, using divine power has always been the first priority.

    Singaporeans had not been told how the Chinese used TCM to combat the SARS, and they will not know how the Chinese used TCM on COVID-19 as well. ”

    That’s not true. Westerners also have their traditional herbs , natural therapy from natural plants fruits as well. Not as wide as or in depth as Chinese.
    Similarly, India also have.

    Anyway this Bapak recommend drink whisky or something like that.

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  • Pass the Buck:

    Some devout christians may atttribute this crisis, based on the bible, to a pestilence imposed by God as a punishment of the sinners. But Chinese President Xi Jin Ping can hardly be regarded as an unpardonable sinner.

    Unfortunately the CCP does not believe in God, otherwise you had just given CCP and idea on who to pass the buck to.

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  • Duplicity:

    Pass the Buck: Unfortunately the CCP does not believe in God, otherwise you had just given CCP and idea on who to pass the buck to.

    Paying only lip-service about one’s “belief in God” without accompanying virtuous conduct is “belief” in the hypocrisy & dishonesty “God” where “the buck” stops. Where is the one-&-only-one accepted benchmark of this “belief” & that of this “God” that merits “belief” ?

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  • Find your own level:

    Birth, life, death are miracles.
    What is time?
    Time is infinite.
    We die we enter a dimension we know nothing about.
    The senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing, are miracles.
    The uniqueness of every individual is a mind boggling miracle.
    The different colours and looks of people are miraculous.
    The animals, fishes, fruits, trees and flora and fauna are miracles.
    The sun, the moon, stars, the sea and rivers and mountains, the earth wind and fire are miracles.
    Sadness and happiness, good and bad luck, good and ill health mentally or physically, beauty and ugliness are complexities.
    Anger, greed, intolerance, arrogance, pride, cruelty, mad sadists, some are enjoying it, some are regretting it, versus compassion, tolerance, understanding, the good hearted, are complicated complex characteristics which are realities.
    The sun rises and sets.
    Falling asleep, eating and drinking, and clearing the waste from our bodies are must-dos and cannot be avoided.
    We carry the smelly waste and the urine in our body wherever we go, yet we use sweet smelling perfumes on our body.
    The germs that attack our bodies are complexities.
    The internal organs in our bodies are miracles in terms of its highly complex functions.
    The mind is a complete complex miracle.
    Intelligence and stupidness are subjective.
    What is the real true measurement of intelligence and dumbness, no accurate yardstick for this.
    A stupid person has peace of mind and a seemingly smart person can be depressed.
    A rich man with the Midas touch is unhappy and the poor man enjoys a good night sleep every night.
    Earthquakes, fires, haze, floods, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, strong winds, huge waves, accidents just happen unexplained.
    Dictators, authoritarianism, democracy, good and bad leaders, that’s your luck on your location.
    Time will never end, how we fit in today or later or after we leave this temporary sojourn on planet earth is a complex question.
    Coronavirus is something new, unexplained.
    Is this punishment?
    A-lot of guessworks going on, a-lot of ifs and buts, and nothing definite and conclusive and explainable like what our complex existence is really all about.
    Some things are simply beyond us.
    Think deeply of the complexities of existence.
    We are all on our individual journey which is a miracle.
    Is there someone who could explain these complexities and miracles of life.
    Whatever you conceive him to be, let’s humbly bow our heads and beg and pray to him for help.
    Do what we can and the best we can and must do but recognise that we are of limited ability.
    He is the total author and administrator of anything and everything.
    Every atom answerable to him?
    Think about existence and the fragility of life.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Great Asia:
    Since ancient times, the Chinese have been using Traditional Chinese Medicine to fight the virus. While in the west, using divine power has always been the first priority.

    Singaporeans had not been told how the Chinese used TCM to combat the SARS, and they will not know how the Chinese used TCM on COVID-19 as well.

    Ha ha ha!

    One is NATURE and the other NURTURE…(nurturing a cure through Pharma a Trillion Dollar Business)

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Find your own level:
    Birth, life, death are miracles.
    What is time?
    Time is infinite.
    We die we enter a dimension we know nothing about.
    The senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing, are miracles.
    The uniqueness of every individual is a mind boggling miracle.
    The different colours and looks of people are miraculous.
    The animals, fishes, fruits, trees and flora and fauna are miracles.
    The sun, the moon, stars, the sea and rivers and mountains, the earth wind and fire are miracles.
    Sadness and happiness, good and bad luck, good and ill health mentally or physically, beauty and ugliness are complexities.
    Anger, greed, intolerance, arrogance, pride, cruelty, mad sadists, some are enjoying it, some are regretting it, versus compassion, tolerance, understanding, the good hearted, are complicated complex characteristics which are realities.
    The sun rises and sets.
    Falling asleep, eating and drinking, and clearing the waste from our bodies are must-dos and cannot be avoided.
    We carry the smelly waste and the urine in our body wherever we go, yet we use sweet smelling perfumes on our body.
    The germs that attack our bodies are complexities.
    The internal organs in our bodies are miracles in terms of its highly complex functions

    “The mind is a complete complex miracle.”

    “The MIND is a Complete & Complex Miracle”…DNA in every Living molecule is Designed and Created…

    “THINK” and you Have the ANSWER…man was NOT designed to Fly but he INNOVATE with what is “Created” and Design a 5 ton Machine to fly… man do NOT Create they Design and INNOVATE what is “Created”

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  • How about ?:

    How about 法輪功 ?

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  • Let’s have a quiz:

    @patriot of TUMASIK

    God created man and man created the 5 ton machine that flies.
    So who deserves the credit for creating the 5 tonner?

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  • Another quiz:

    Let’s have a quiz:
    @patriot of TUMASIK

    God created man and man created the 5 ton machine that flies.
    So who deserves the credit for creating the 5 tonner?

    The whole world trembles and panics in trepidation at the miniscule invisible virus known as covid-19. Natural “catastrophe” also humble the world. These are the real Gods that don’t “talk & eat” money & don’t give a damned shit about the worldly & materialistic human-image “God”.

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